Natalya Karajanova

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  • 00:00: hi guys so today I'm going to explain 7 different ways to incorporate elastic into your sewing and by learning and practicing all seven techniques you'll immensely enhance your sewing skills so let's start with the casing for an elastic normally the edge should be finished when this is done and you can click on this video here for different techniques on how to finish off raw edges in this demo I have my edge surged so a casing is usually done in the tube so I'm going to fold my fabric in half and sew up the edge go ahead and open up the seam and fold the edge down normally
  • 00:34: you would measure out how wide the elastic is before you determine how wide the fold should be so on the finished edge all the way around leaving about an inch open measure out the amount of elastic needed for the casing usually it's about one and a half to two inches shorter than your normal waist measurements place a safety pin onto the elastic and feed it through the opening in the casing making sure you don't pull it all the way through bring the ends together overlapping about 3/4 to an inch and what you'll do is sew a box with a diagonal across it so start at
  • 01:05: the edge so straight down don't go off the edge but when you're close lift up your presser foot and make a right turn so again make another right turn then so then make another right turn you've created a little box and now turn it slightly so you can sew a straight line at an angle some people like to form an X in the box but I personally think that the diagonal is good enough another way
  • 01:35: to sew the elastic together is by butting it up line up the edge of the elastic making sure that the middle of the presser foot is right in the middle of the edges of the two elastic now so is the exact stitch back and forth a few times and this is what you should get personally I like doing this better and it's less bulky when you wear it so now that the elastic is closed up next sew a straight line where the opening is and you're encased elastic is done so this type of casing is seen a lot in pajama pants skirts and of course the pants that I have here and you can also see that the same technique is applied to
  • 02:05: the leg as well now this next one is used a lot in leggings because it's fast and it's easy and you'll start off with the tube again making sure that the seam are pressed open now cut out the appropriate length for the elastic fold the elastic in half and make a mark place the edge of the elastic on the edge of the scene mark the halfway point on the fabric and match up the halfway mark on the elastic to that point bring the rest of the elastic around so it matches up with the
  • 02:40: seam again now the elastic will be smaller than the tube but the idea is to stretch the elastic equally around each mark you made when you're sewing you'll want the edge of the fabric and the elastic to be in the middle of the foot now stretch it out and zig-zag stitch all the way around this is what it will look like go ahead and fold the elastic and words and then sew on the edge of the zigzag now there you go a pretty fast and easy way to put an elastic sometimes it just gets to meet my
  • 03:10: markings but for beginners you've got to learn how to do it the right way first before you start biessing your stuff but like I said you can do this on leggings simple skirt PJ's anything really so this next technique is very similar to the previous one except we're going to use elastic thread so start out with the markings just like the last one and what you do is wind up your bobbin with elastic thread which looks like this now when you're winding it up be a hundred percent sure you are not stretching it out just loosely wrap it around the bobbin by the way you can find elastic
  • 03:40: thread on any fabric store or sewing store what you'll end up having is your regular thread and then the elastic thread that comes up from the bottom again fold the elastic inwards but this time when you sew you're going to have the right side facing upwards change your stitch link to like a 2.5 or 3 and remember to stretch the fabric out so that it's flat then so if you don't stretch it defeats the purpose the reason why I'm teaching you this is because I want to teach you guys how to make swimsuits later on in the future and this is a great way to make swimwear and any other kind of knitwear really
  • 04:11: and this is a great way to get stretch in your fabric as well as cuppage when you're trying to make a knit garment this next technique is a way of sharing by using elastic what you'll do is you'll draw a few straight lines on the wrong side of the fabric I'm doing this with a sharpie for learning purposes but you probably want to do this with chalk so cut out an elastic that is shorter than the piece of fabric the shorter the elastic the more shirring you will get so fold the elastic in half and mark the midpoint fold your fabric in half and mark the mid put on each line place the
  • 04:43: midpoint of the elastic in the middle of the fabric the idea is simple the ends of the elastic will match up with the ends of the fabric go ahead and stretch and so if you do it with one elastic it's called gathering but more than one elastic is actually called shirring so this is what it will look like once you're completely done sharing all of your elastic you see this more in puffy sleeve shirts and you actually see this also in pirate shirts or Victorian shirts as well but as far as sharing
  • 05:13: with an elastic band well there's an easy way to do it and it's with elastic thread so the same idea is still there depending on how many lines of shirin you want you'll also want to mark that on the fabric next with your bobbin you're going to wrap the elastic thread around it this is a little bit different because you'll want to pull the elastic and then wrap it around the bobbin don't do it loosely like you did before or it will not work so go ahead and sew on the lines and the fabric will magically gather as you sew each new row that you
  • 05:43: sew is going to be a bit more annoying because it's previously gathered from before so be sure that the fabric is always flattened out when it's being fed through the machine see how evenly the gathering in the shearing looks when you do it this way it's also a lot faster than using elastic but you need to know how to do both because this technique is not going to be very good on sleeves because it's not as strong as the elastic technique now I'm sure you've seen shearing almost everywhere it's done in skirts tube tops and especially in the back of dresses the reason why this is so great on dresses is because
  • 06:14: it can fit people who are in half sizes without actually having to create a completely different pattern set for that dress which also saves the company tons of money so this next one I call it the elastic Channel go ahead and mark a line on your fabric and mark another line parallel to that line the width between those two lines will be the width of your clastic place that piece of fabric onto another piece of fabric and sew on the two lines hook a safety pin on the end of the elastic now feed it through the
  • 06:44: little channel they have just sewn you can go ahead and fold the two ends together and sew so look how cute this turned out by the way this is a really quick and cute way to make a garter if you want to try it out this dress doesn't have an elastic channel but it does have a channel for a drawstring done with the same concept you do see the lot in dresses and now in romper is actually because it's an easy way to cinch the waist without spending too much time this last one I like to call it the well fitted scrunchie what you're going to do is cut out a piece of fabric that is two times the width of the
  • 07:14: elastic plus two times the seam allowance cut all the piece of elastic depending on what you're going to do with it fold the fabric in half and sew on the edge attach a safety pin to one side of the strip bring it in words and start feeding the ends through to flip the tube inside out roll it a bit so that the seam sits in the center now we are going to do Nexus attach the safety pin to the elastic and feed it through the tube making sure
  • 07:44: that the seam continues to stay in the middle now go ahead and sew the ends to secure it if you want to so this is what you'll get a little scrunchy thingy surprisingly I have been seeing this use a lot more than not for example this romper I bought from forever 21 well in the back is a bunch of scrunchies criss crossing each other it's a fun way to decorate your garment as well as create an elastic with the same fabric choice so that's that 7 pretty spiffy way to twiddle around with elastic how do you apply this garments to clothing well that's up to you and that's what
  • 08:15: separates a designer from a seamstress so good luck guys and rock on fashionistas